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Nicky is an associate in the shipping, international trade, and commodities team in London. She regularly advises owners, charterers, and P&I clubs on a broad range of contentious dry shipping matters, including bills of lading, demurrage, off-hire, and charterparty disputes.

Her experience also extends to working on international disputes arising out of sale of goods contracts, and disputes within the commodity sector relating to soft commodities and agribusiness. Nicky is familiar with High Court procedure as well as London maritime and trade arbitrations. Many of the cases she has acted on have involved multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

Having studied classics at the University of Bristol, Nicky completed her Graduate Diploma in law and went on to pass her Legal Practice Course at BPP with distinction. She joined Penningtons Manches Cooper as a trainee in September 2019 and qualified in September 2021.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for charterers facing claims for damaged cargo and demurrage – K Line Pte Ltd v. Priminds Shipping (HK) Co Ltd [2020] EWHC 2373 (Comm) (The Eternal Bliss).
  • Representing charterers in a bill of lading dispute - Priminds Shipping (HK) Co Ltd v Noble Chartering Inc [2020] EWHC 127 (Comm) (The Tai Prize).
  • Acting for a global soft commodities trading company on a $2 million sugar claim.
  • Advising a defendant accused of unlawful means conspiracy allegedly seeking to cause damage to the claimants by avoiding paying them €1.5 billion under an arbitral award.
  • Representing a number of trading companies on contractual issues arising from the trade of sugar, grain and other soft commodities.
  • Advising charterers on recovery under the ICA in respect of a cargo claim.

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